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Born: April 28, 1921

Died: March 8, 2012 (aged 90)

Nationality: Iranian

Occupation: Novelist, academic

Bio: Simin Dāneshvar was an Iranian academic, novelist, fiction writer and translator, largely regarded as the first major Iranian woman novelist. Daneshvar had a number of firsts to her credit. In 1948, her collection of Persian short stories was the first by an Iranian woman to be published. The first novel by an Iranian woman was her Savushun, which went on to become a bestseller.

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